As the Westgate Centre in Oxford is turning 50 this year, we are featuring photos from our archive from 1972, the year it opened, and another important year, 2017.

In October 2017, the centre reopened following a £440m revamp.

In 1972, the £1.8m Westgate Shopping Centre opened with a large Selfridges and a Sainsbury’s.

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But plans to revamp it took many years and included many false starts.

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In 1999, artists’ impressions of Capital Shopping Centres’ £220m revamped mall were unveiled.

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In 2000, Oxford City Council approved the Westgate extension application but Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott threw out the plans.

The decision was overturned but CSC withdrew its application and in 2006 submitted fresh plans for the £300m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.

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In 2010, CSC sold the Westgate Centre to the Crown Estate and Land Securities, which forms a consortium named Westgate Oxford Alliance.

In 2013, Westgate Oxford Alliance signed a development agreement with Oxford City Council and in 2014 plans for the £440m revamp of the centre are approved and it opened in October 2017, with 100 new shops and restaurants, a cinema and rooftop terrace.

Oxford Mail: A crush as shoppers queue for the opening of John Lewis in October 2017 Picture: Jon Lewis

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In March 1976 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Oxford - and called in at the Westgate Centre before visiting County Hall and the Jesus College residential block of flats in Farndon Road.

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At County Hall, the Duke met a member of staff responsible for collecting money.

The Duke joked: “I see. You grind the faces of the poor in the dust - the rich as well.”

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The previous time the Queen had visited Oxford before 1976 was in 1968.

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